Child Nutrition & Wellness

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School Welllness Policy Building Progress Report Childrens Square Logo

School Name:  Children’s Square Academic Center  

Wellness Contact Name/Email:  Cathy Sahl,

Wellness Policy Language



Fully in Place Partially in Place Not in Place Steps that have been taken to implement the goals/and list barriers to implementing the goals List next steps that will be taken to fully implement and/or expand on goals.
Support proper dietary habits, and serve high quality foods that meet the nutritional guidelines.       X     The Academic Center contracts for meals with Treat America.  This company provides meals that meet the guidelines for nutrition of the School Lunch program.  The cottages use high quality foods and rotating menus that have been approved as meeting the guidelines. This is fully implemented
Protect the identity of students who are eligible for free and reduced price lunches.     X     Families fill out application which are considered confidential and seen only by the verifying official.  All students in our school and the RCCI receive free lunch so there is no stigma for qualified students. This is fully implemented.
Provide at least 20 hours of nutrition education as part of the science program. x     Nutrition education is a part of the curriculum for science for all grade levels in the school.  This is fully implemented
Include daily physical activities. X     Physical Education is a daily class for all of the students in the Academic Center.  For students who live in the cottage,  active play is included in the cottage program schedule almost every day.   In both programs staff are encouraged to use active play as a reward in place of treats.  An example would be if a math class does well for a month, they might spend time playing softball rather than having a pizza party. This is fully implemented.


Wellness Policy

“Children’s Square supports and promotes proper dietary habits contributing to each child’s health status, cognitive development and academic performance.  The care, education and treatment environments shall be aligned with goals to positively influence a student’s understanding, beliefs, and habits as they relate to good nutrition and regular physical activity.”

Children’s Square serves children from a wide variety of backgrounds and circumstances.  The health, wellness and nutritional needs of each child are important considerations in each child’s care, education and/or treatment.  Research supports the position that a healthy lifestyle optimizes physical, emotional, and cognitive development and also influences student performance potential, increases self esteem and self confidence, and improves mental health as well as physical health.

For children served in 24 hour residential care and emergency shelter and in the child care centers and school, we have the opportunity to implement programming that fosters good health, wellness and nutrition.  Accordingly, Children’s Square U.S.A. as part of its holistic approach, supports a healthy environment through which children learn and participate in dietary and lifestyles practices that foster wellness, good nutrition, and regular physical activity.  The organization participates in two federal food programs that provide education, guidance and other resources beneficial in addressing health, wellness and nutrition.

Children Square U.S.A. receives funding for meals through the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and the School Lunch Program.   CACFP provides funding for the Early Childhood  Education Program, and the School Lunch Program provides funding for the Academic Center, the Psychiatric Residential Treatment program, and the Children’s Emergency Shelter.  Free breakfasts and lunches are served in each of these programs, but children’s Square U.S.A. is required to have parents fill out applications, and keep those applications on file.


The need for a service provided by Children’s Square U.S.A.  is the primary criterion of eligibility.   Within the parameters, defined by the service population appropriate for each program, services are offered without discrimination, by reason of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, political belief, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation or gender identity.

Services will be delivered in a manner that respects and responds to the unique, culturally-defined needs of the various service populations.

This explains what to do if you believe you have been treated unfairly in regard to the food programs.   In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.  To file a complaint of discrimination, write to USDA,  Director, Office of Civel Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington D.C.  20250-9410, or call toll free 866-632-9992 (voice).   Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech  disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339; or 1-800-845-6136 (Spanish).  USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.